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Voter Registration Requirements:

1. To register to vote in the City of DeWitt, State of Michigan, you must be:
     a. A resident of the State of Michigan and this city for at least 30 days before the election;
     b. A citizen of the United States of America;
     c. Age 18 by Election Day;
     d. Not serving a sentence in jail or prison.

2. Unless he or she specifically opts out, all citizens who obtain a Michigan driver's license or a state issued personal ID will be automatically        registered to vote by the Secretary of State's office.
3. Persons who are currently registered to vote who change their address with the Secretary of States office will automatically be registered in their new jurisdiction.
4. A person who is not registered to vote may register at a Secretary of State's office, a designated voter registration office, at the county, city  or township clerk's office, or by mail no later than the 15th day prior to the election.
5. Within the 14 days prior to the election, an unregistered voter must register here at the city clerk's office in order to vote in the City of DeWitt at that election.  Proof of residency must be provided, either by a driver's license or state issued personal ID, or by other picture identification and proof of residency, such as a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing the applicant's name and current address.
New Federal ID Requirements
HAVA stipulates that a voter who has never voted in Michigan who chooses to register by mail, must meet a new identification requirement.  To comply with the identification requirement, the voter must:
  • accurately enter his or her state issued drivers license number or personal ID number where requested on the mail-in voter registration form
  • send one of the following forms of identification when mailing the mail-in voter registration form to his or her county or local clerk: a copy of a current and valid photo identification (such as driver's license or personal ID card) or a copy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement or a government document which lists his or her name and address

If a voter subject to  the new federal ID requirement does not meet the requirement as explained above, the voter must present an acceptable form of identification before voting in the first election in which he or she wishes to participate.  The new federal ID requirement does not apply if:

  • the voter hand delivers his or her mail registration form to the county or local clerk's office
  • the voter is disabled
  • the voter is eligible to vote under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act 

the voter hand delivers his or her mail registration form to the county or local clerk's office

the voter is disabled

For more information, visit the State of Michigan website at and click on HAVA icon; or visit Federal Election Commission www.michigan.gov/sos website at www.fec.gov/hava/hava.htm

Voter ID Cards
If you do not receive a Voter Identification Card within three weeks after registering to vote, contact your local clerk's office to confirm your registration status
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ALL REGISTERED VOTERS CAN NOW VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT WITH NO REASON REQUIRED!

NEW ABSENTEE VOTING GUIDELINES

FRIDAY PRIOR TO AN ELECTION: VOTERS MAY REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT VIA USPS BY 5 PM

SATURDAY PRIOR TO AN ELECTION: VOTERS MAY REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN PERSON AT THE CLERKS OFFICE

MONDAY PRIOR TO AN ELECTION: VOTERS MAY OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN PERSON UNTIL 4PM AND IT MUST BE VOTED IN THE CLERKS OFFICE. NO BALLOTS CAN LEAVE THE BUILDING ON THIS DAY.

ELECTION DAY:  VOTERS MUST VOTE AT THE POLLS. VOTERS MAY OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT UNTIL 4PM ON ELECTION DAY FOR EMERGENCY REASONS ONLY. CONTACT THE CLERKS OFFICE TO SEE WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN EMERGENCY REASON. 517-669-2441.